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Um trágico acidente de viação. Uma vítima mortal. Patrick Hedström é chamado ao local do acidente para tomar conta da ocorrência enquanto os habitantes de Tanumshede se concentram num evento sem precedentes na pequena localidade: é ali que vão decorrer as filmagens de um Reality Show televisivo que já fez sucesso noutras pequenas cidades da Suécia. Uma oportunidade única pa Um trágico acidente de viação. Uma vítima mortal. Patrick Hedström é chamado ao local do acidente para tomar conta da ocorrência enquanto os habitantes de Tanumshede se concentram num evento sem precedentes na pequena localidade: é ali que vão decorrer as filmagens de um Reality Show televisivo que já fez sucesso noutras pequenas cidades da Suécia. Uma oportunidade única para promover a região. Ao mesmo tempo que Patrick Hedström tenta resolver o enigma que resultou do acidente de viação, as câmaras captam cada movimento dos participantes do programa televisivo, jovens problemáticos e irreverentes cuja convivência se torna mais difícil a cada momento, aproximando-se rapidamente do ponto de ruptura. Quando uma festa termina com a morte de um dos concorrentes que se tornou particularmente impopular, os colegas e a equipa de produção passam a ser os suspeitos óbvios. Haverá um assassino entre eles?


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Um trágico acidente de viação. Uma vítima mortal. Patrick Hedström é chamado ao local do acidente para tomar conta da ocorrência enquanto os habitantes de Tanumshede se concentram num evento sem precedentes na pequena localidade: é ali que vão decorrer as filmagens de um Reality Show televisivo que já fez sucesso noutras pequenas cidades da Suécia. Uma oportunidade única pa Um trágico acidente de viação. Uma vítima mortal. Patrick Hedström é chamado ao local do acidente para tomar conta da ocorrência enquanto os habitantes de Tanumshede se concentram num evento sem precedentes na pequena localidade: é ali que vão decorrer as filmagens de um Reality Show televisivo que já fez sucesso noutras pequenas cidades da Suécia. Uma oportunidade única para promover a região. Ao mesmo tempo que Patrick Hedström tenta resolver o enigma que resultou do acidente de viação, as câmaras captam cada movimento dos participantes do programa televisivo, jovens problemáticos e irreverentes cuja convivência se torna mais difícil a cada momento, aproximando-se rapidamente do ponto de ruptura. Quando uma festa termina com a morte de um dos concorrentes que se tornou particularmente impopular, os colegas e a equipa de produção passam a ser os suspeitos óbvios. Haverá um assassino entre eles?

30 review for Ave de Mau Agoiro

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Book 4 in this interesting and entertaining series. I enjoy the people who live in the little town of Fjallbacka, especially Patrik and Erica who seem to have achieved a personal balance in their lives, for the moment at least. Anna too seems to be getting her life together and everyone is generally happy and comfortable. Against this is set the appearance of an apparent serial killer who is taking the lives of seemingly random people in a particularly nasty way. Patrik and his team give this case Book 4 in this interesting and entertaining series. I enjoy the people who live in the little town of Fjallbacka, especially Patrik and Erica who seem to have achieved a personal balance in their lives, for the moment at least. Anna too seems to be getting her life together and everyone is generally happy and comfortable. Against this is set the appearance of an apparent serial killer who is taking the lives of seemingly random people in a particularly nasty way. Patrik and his team give this case and another apparently unrelated murder all they have got, and I can only say I had no idea of the murderer until the very end and the actual identity was truly amazing! An excellent book - I am giving it five stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Er, this should be titled "The Stranger" in English, instead of the Swedish, but I think it's the fourth book. Anyway, this one wasn't particularly good. I guessed the murderer early on and the reveal seemed dull. Maybe it was because I was reading the British edition, but it didn't seem to pack as much of a punch as the American translations? Also, what the hell is up with Swedish crime novels that are anti-misogyny but are weirdly misogynistic at the same time? I felt this way about the Millenn Er, this should be titled "The Stranger" in English, instead of the Swedish, but I think it's the fourth book. Anyway, this one wasn't particularly good. I guessed the murderer early on and the reveal seemed dull. Maybe it was because I was reading the British edition, but it didn't seem to pack as much of a punch as the American translations? Also, what the hell is up with Swedish crime novels that are anti-misogyny but are weirdly misogynistic at the same time? I felt this way about the Millennium trilogy as well. The women in these books only ever want babies, pretty much, and Patrik calls the female officers in his station "girls" (RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGEEEEEE) and the book's a lot about how he doesn't understand Erica's feelings because she's so sensitive because she's a woman and he's a man. But at the same time, Lackberg is eager to mark the differences between Patrik, who is "liberated and progressive", and the characters who are women-haters (so hateful that they're like one-dimensional, comical farces). However, even Patrik succumbs to thoughts like how he wasn't sure if he could work if his wife were the boss of him. It's like Lackberg is trying, but can't quite escape the framework of the sexism she was brought up with. What am I supposed to say? Valid attempt? Try harder? Uh, mind you, none of this will stop me from still actively reading this series. I don't know why. They're like crack. I'm just also keeping my criticisms in mind.

  3. 5 out of 5

    LENA TRAK

    Okay, obviously not one of her best thrillers, but I enjoyed it all the same! She definitely has a way with words and I simply adore the way she writes. The first 100 pages were a bit dull. That's when the plot starts to thicken... By the time I had finished reading the 4th flashback chapter I had already figured out who the killer is, which was a bit annoying, because I never guess correctly. It kind of took all the fun away! Anyway it's Lackberg people! I have a soft spot for her!!!! I have alr Okay, obviously not one of her best thrillers, but I enjoyed it all the same! She definitely has a way with words and I simply adore the way she writes. The first 100 pages were a bit dull. That's when the plot starts to thicken... By the time I had finished reading the 4th flashback chapter I had already figured out who the killer is, which was a bit annoying, because I never guess correctly. It kind of took all the fun away! Anyway it's Lackberg people! I have a soft spot for her!!!! I have already ordered The Hidden Child!!! Can't wait!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kenchiin

    It was a fun read, but there are several flaws that cannot be overlooked The mystery was dragged for too long and some of the side stories vary in quality. And I hope I'm not the only one who detects the misogyny. It was a fun read, but there are several flaws that cannot be overlooked The mystery was dragged for too long and some of the side stories vary in quality. And I hope I'm not the only one who detects the misogyny.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is a the fourth book I've read in this series and honestly, I feel like I live in Fjallbacca and Patrik and Erica, Anna, Martin, Dan, Gosta, Annika, etc. are my friends and neighbors. This book wasn't nearly as good as the last one, but it was still great. I promised myself I would take a break from this amazing Swedish series - but it is going to be difficult! I want to start the next one right now...hmmmm...maybe just a couple of chapters and I'll pick something else up. I have so many gr This is a the fourth book I've read in this series and honestly, I feel like I live in Fjallbacca and Patrik and Erica, Anna, Martin, Dan, Gosta, Annika, etc. are my friends and neighbors. This book wasn't nearly as good as the last one, but it was still great. I promised myself I would take a break from this amazing Swedish series - but it is going to be difficult! I want to start the next one right now...hmmmm...maybe just a couple of chapters and I'll pick something else up. I have so many great books waiting, but I'm just stuck in this world I can't even pronounce. It's actually wonderful when you find a "binge" series. Highly recommend, but know if you get sucked in, you might not escape!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim Fonseca

    A book from one of the best Swedish mystery novelists. If you like a complex plot with multiple murders and a lot of characters, this is one for you. We have four detectives and a doofus department chief, each with their own backstory. One of the murder victims is a lesbian and another is a member of a nationally televised reality show that is being filmed in town. The main character we follow is getting remarried and has a live-in sister-in-law who is psychologically rebounding from having (jus A book from one of the best Swedish mystery novelists. If you like a complex plot with multiple murders and a lot of characters, this is one for you. We have four detectives and a doofus department chief, each with their own backstory. One of the murder victims is a lesbian and another is a member of a nationally televised reality show that is being filmed in town. The main character we follow is getting remarried and has a live-in sister-in-law who is psychologically rebounding from having (justifiably) killed her own husband. There’s a lot going on in this plot! Add to it a lot of local color of modern urban Sweden and you have a good read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    The Gallows Bird is the fourth of Camilla Läckberg’s series of crime novels, set in and around in the small town of Fjällbacka on the Swedish Coast. It’s a series that I have grown to love, without understanding quite why, and while thinking that, maybe, I shouldn’t love it as much as I did. Now though I have sorted things out in my head. I had sometimes thought that the dialogue was stilted and that the characters were too straightforward. But when I read back the dialogue I couldn’t fault it. The Gallows Bird is the fourth of Camilla Läckberg’s series of crime novels, set in and around in the small town of Fjällbacka on the Swedish Coast. It’s a series that I have grown to love, without understanding quite why, and while thinking that, maybe, I shouldn’t love it as much as I did. Now though I have sorted things out in my head. I had sometimes thought that the dialogue was stilted and that the characters were too straightforward. But when I read back the dialogue I couldn’t fault it. The characters spoke simply and naturally and with correct grammar. And though I could find no quirk, no eccentricity, in any of the recurring characters, I believed in them completely and really wanted to know what their futures held. What I am trying to say is that Camilla Läckberg’s writing is completely focused on her characters and their stories. On their lives, their situations and their emotions. And that she does it very well. She also varies her mysteries very nicely. This time around there are two very distinctive storylines. A woman argues bitterly with her partner, storms out, and some time later is found dead in a car reeking of alcohol. Her partner is devastated, her daughter is shattered, and her ex husband is still bitter that his wife left him . I reacted to all four characters, and I was particularly touched by the relationship between the dead woman’s daughter and her lover, as they mourned. Real people and real emotions. It is soon established that the death was no accident, and eventually links are made to a series of apparently accidental deaths across the country. Meanwhile reality television has come to town. A coach load of those who have found fame in on other reality shows has arrived, to be filmed working in local businesses and interacting with the townsfolk. This side of the story could have easily veered towards parody or cliché, but the author’s clear presentation of facts and characters meant that it was perfectly pitched. I felt concern, where I had expected to feel distaste that I had expected. The powers that be had hoped that the programme would bring good publicity to the town, but the participants are fractious and eventually a party gets out of hand and a body was found. The investigation of both death falls, of course, to Patrik Hedström of the Tanumshede Police, and I was pleased to be allowed to watch Patrik and his colleagues at work again. Eventually, of course, they linked the two, seemingly disparate deaths, in a very clever piece of plotting. But before that there was routine policework, there were flashes of inspiration, and there were some lovely human details that revealed just a little more of the recurring characters. And it was lovely to follow Patrik home, and to watch as he and his fiance Erika supported her sister in the aftermath of the events at the end of the previous book in the series, care for their infant daughter and, in between times, plan their wedding. There were mundane day-to-day details, the sorts of scenes that are played out in so many families, and some wonderful moments. The moment when Erika, who was stressed and horribly aware that she hadn’t quite lost the extra weight she gained during her pregnancy, finally found the right wedding dress was absolutely perfect. The Gallows Bird wraps the mysteries, the investigations, and the home lives together beautifully, and I was eager to follow all the storylines. But it isn’t perfect. The police are still a little too reliant on Patrik’s seemingly infallible intuition, and one or two loose ends are tied up a little too neatly. I was disappointed the cliffhanger at the end of the previous book was resolved too quickly, and potentially interesting events passed over. And, not for the first time, I worked out who the killer was very early on. That was a little disappointing, but I was happy to spend time with the people, to see what was happening in their lives, to see how the investigation panned out. There was high drama, and another cliffhanger at the end, so reading the next book in the series is a high priority.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Not great. Tedious and wordy and long-winded, and none too believable. Disappointing. Even the translation irritated me, but perhaps it's the fault of the original. The dialogue was stilted, and often boring, with way too much exposition that sounded unnatural. And I know it's picky, but I figure if both author and editor miss repetitions like this, ".. but Erica saw it all too well. She knew all too well ..." then the book is carelessly written. I think fellow Scandinavian Karin Fossum is head Not great. Tedious and wordy and long-winded, and none too believable. Disappointing. Even the translation irritated me, but perhaps it's the fault of the original. The dialogue was stilted, and often boring, with way too much exposition that sounded unnatural. And I know it's picky, but I figure if both author and editor miss repetitions like this, ".. but Erica saw it all too well. She knew all too well ..." then the book is carelessly written. I think fellow Scandinavian Karin Fossum is head and shoulders above this writer.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Retired Reader

    Enjoyed immensely. The series just keeps getting better.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    The Stranger is the fourth installment of the Fjällbacka series with detective Patrik Hedstrom, and starts with a car accident in which a woman is killed. At first, the police thinks it's just a drunk driving case, because the woman's blood has high alcohol levels. Thing is, her close relations state that she didn't drink. In the meantime, a reality show starts being shot in Fjällbacka, and one of its contestants is murdered. This murder takes all the police force's attention from the first case The Stranger is the fourth installment of the Fjällbacka series with detective Patrik Hedstrom, and starts with a car accident in which a woman is killed. At first, the police thinks it's just a drunk driving case, because the woman's blood has high alcohol levels. Thing is, her close relations state that she didn't drink. In the meantime, a reality show starts being shot in Fjällbacka, and one of its contestants is murdered. This murder takes all the police force's attention from the first case, but, as investigation goes on, Patrik and his team begin to think that there may be a connection between both deaths and with some unsolved cases across the country. In this one was pretty easy to figure out who the killer was. And not just that; after a bit, the "Mellberg affair" became obvious too. Despite that, I had fun reading this book. The story was captivating enough and the Erica's bits (this time preparing her marriage with Patrik) didn't bother me as they used to. I also liked Anna a lot in this fourth book and hope that finally things start working for her. The reality show parts weren't that bad, but I was disappointed with the way the whole thing regarding this ended. It felt too sudden. I think Läckberg's books are getting better as the series advances. And after the way this book ended, I'm really looking forward to read the next one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda Branham Greenwell

    Patrik Hedstrom investigates the death of a woman in a car - even though it looks like an accident - something doesn;t seem right to Patrick At the same time Fjallbaca, where Patrik is a police officer - is about to receive it's first group of Reality TV stars. A local businessman has arranged this group of unconventional people to live and be televised in his home town, expecting a lot of good PR and finances to make this an excellent monetary adventure. As the 2 situations collide - we also are Patrik Hedstrom investigates the death of a woman in a car - even though it looks like an accident - something doesn;t seem right to Patrick At the same time Fjallbaca, where Patrik is a police officer - is about to receive it's first group of Reality TV stars. A local businessman has arranged this group of unconventional people to live and be televised in his home town, expecting a lot of good PR and finances to make this an excellent monetary adventure. As the 2 situations collide - we also are updated on Erica, Patrick's wife, and their new baby Maja It is a series where we learn more about the central characters as each novel is released

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nichole

    I'm still giving it four stars, but it just wasn't as good as her first three. It was slow to get going and unrelated side stories (i.e. Mellberg's personal drama) were tedious. About half way through the book picked up and started to have the spark that made me love her first three books. Yes, it's VERY easy to figure out who the killer is, but Läckberg does keep decent suspense as to why and what the connection is. There are a few surprises I didn't see coming. She does a bit of a cliffhanger I'm still giving it four stars, but it just wasn't as good as her first three. It was slow to get going and unrelated side stories (i.e. Mellberg's personal drama) were tedious. About half way through the book picked up and started to have the spark that made me love her first three books. Yes, it's VERY easy to figure out who the killer is, but Läckberg does keep decent suspense as to why and what the connection is. There are a few surprises I didn't see coming. She does a bit of a cliffhanger into her next book which I'd already planned on reading so I don't mind, but usually I hate them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mochizuki

    I'm trying to put my finger on what made this crime novel so much fun to read. For one thing, it's a feast of life stories and love stories. There are a great many characters, and their lives are fascinating to follow. There are various couples in various states of bliss, suffering, deception and crisis. And happily, the lead detective, Patrik Hedstrom, is an intelligent, purposeful and essentially happy man in love with his partner, about to marry her, and crazy about their little daughter. Thi I'm trying to put my finger on what made this crime novel so much fun to read. For one thing, it's a feast of life stories and love stories. There are a great many characters, and their lives are fascinating to follow. There are various couples in various states of bliss, suffering, deception and crisis. And happily, the lead detective, Patrik Hedstrom, is an intelligent, purposeful and essentially happy man in love with his partner, about to marry her, and crazy about their little daughter. This gives an upbeat quality to the narrative, which is very welcome in a mystery full of distressing murders. Yet despite all the human interest, this is a nitty-gritty police procedural replete with autopsies, interviews and research, all well described. The several cops at the Tanumshede police station are engaging and some of them surprise the reader with unexpected insights. I liked them all. Even the unpleasant boss is somewhat sympathetic. While two murder investigations keep the cops busy, a reality show is being filmed in Tanumshede. This adds a nice touch of chaos to the plot. I admired the inventiveness of the author in developing the backstory behind the killings. Great read, lots of twists & turns never quite sure where the story is leading to. Looking forward to more reads from same author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ❤Marie Gentilcore

    I really enjoy this series and the main characters Patrik and Erica. The main investigation was good but I found that I enjoyed the side stories a bit more. In fact, at the end one of Erica’s stories ended with a cliffhanger that makes me want to read book 5 very soon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Denise Mullins

    In her inimitable style, Camilla Lackberg has once again strung together a series of seemingly unrelated puzzling crimes that culminate in a perfectly interwoven fabric that resolves all questions. While hauntingly sad past reflections related by the suspect intermittently appear at chapter beginnings, the current plot flows between an investigation of a suspected drunk driving death and the gruesome murder of a young reality show star. Neurotic and narcissistic egos abound in these surroundings In her inimitable style, Camilla Lackberg has once again strung together a series of seemingly unrelated puzzling crimes that culminate in a perfectly interwoven fabric that resolves all questions. While hauntingly sad past reflections related by the suspect intermittently appear at chapter beginnings, the current plot flows between an investigation of a suspected drunk driving death and the gruesome murder of a young reality show star. Neurotic and narcissistic egos abound in these surroundings, contributing to Patrik's already overwhelming personal circumstances and the motley crew that makes up his staff. Better pay attention or make a cheat sheet of characters lest you forget who's who! Admittedly, the wide net of supporting characters, suspects, and subplots did slow my interest down in the first half (yes, it was a bit exhausting), but there was a magical moment which suddenly made me unable to put the book down for the last 180 pages. It was well worth the effort! And clearly, the author has clearly hinted at the topic of her next book, but I won't spoil the fun for other fans.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Disappointing book. The writing is very stilted, quite possibly because of the translation. We rarely spend more than a few pages with a character before we switch to another, and to me that diminished my engagement with the story. The guilty party was obvious about midway through, and there is no real sense of resolution. The author does something I hate : she hides from the reader information that her characters have and share with each other , for example : "Patrick told them the connection b Disappointing book. The writing is very stilted, quite possibly because of the translation. We rarely spend more than a few pages with a character before we switch to another, and to me that diminished my engagement with the story. The guilty party was obvious about midway through, and there is no real sense of resolution. The author does something I hate : she hides from the reader information that her characters have and share with each other , for example : "Patrick told them the connection between the murders. The others were astonished", and then the reader waits 30 pages to know the information because the author holds it back. That got annoying real fast, and is a cheap way to build suspense. I liked most of the characters in the book and the author does a great job of highlighting their personalities. Wish the women characters were not baby-mad and so stereotypical. The set-up with the mystery Erica uncovers is quite good, however I can't see myself reading another novel by this author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    This is the 4th in the series, which I've been reading in order. It's the best so far, as the author has picked up the pacing a bit and keeps the forward momentum going by jumping back and forth between different storylines. It's somewhat irritating she often uses the device of having a major discovery realized by a character (usually Patrik has an "aha" moment) but doesn't reveal the big discovery until 50 pages later. For instance, she doesn't tell us what Patrik sees in the bottom of the vict This is the 4th in the series, which I've been reading in order. It's the best so far, as the author has picked up the pacing a bit and keeps the forward momentum going by jumping back and forth between different storylines. It's somewhat irritating she often uses the device of having a major discovery realized by a character (usually Patrik has an "aha" moment) but doesn't reveal the big discovery until 50 pages later. For instance, she doesn't tell us what Patrik sees in the bottom of the victim's knapsack until much later in the book. There's also something about these books that seems a little bit corny, can't quite put my finger on it, maybe it's the translation. Despite the fact I don't think these are great books as I read them, 6 months later, I want to read another one. Go figure. I guess there's something comfortable about the setting and the recurring characters, and I've just come to accept the quirks of Lackberg's writing style. Once again only 3 stars, but I'm sure I'll be back for more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    I am always looking for new mystery/crime authors, especially in the category of "Nordic noir". I am working my way through a very good website Scandinavian Crime Fiction http://www.scandinaviancrimefiction.c... I am very pleased to have found Camilla Lackberg whose crime novels have become international bestsellers and a series on Swedish television. In this book, set in Tanum, a rural part of southwestern Sweden, the town is put on the map by having a Swedish reality TV showed filmed there and I am always looking for new mystery/crime authors, especially in the category of "Nordic noir". I am working my way through a very good website Scandinavian Crime Fiction http://www.scandinaviancrimefiction.c... I am very pleased to have found Camilla Lackberg whose crime novels have become international bestsellers and a series on Swedish television. In this book, set in Tanum, a rural part of southwestern Sweden, the town is put on the map by having a Swedish reality TV showed filmed there and of course one of the participants is murdered. However, this murder follows another that apparently has nothing to do with it. Enough said. The pair of detectives and their lives are worth caring about and there are many other memorable characters. Definitely a welcome addition.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Upton

    Once again I'm giving a Camilla Lackberg book all five stars—because once again I was entertained and guessing all the way through to the end. In The Stranger, she's mastered the art of misdirection while bringing you even closer to her main characters. I love how she can write about violent crime without bringing in gory details—even her detectives are soft-hearted and affected by the death they encounter. And, contrary to so many novels I've read lately, there is something likable and personal Once again I'm giving a Camilla Lackberg book all five stars—because once again I was entertained and guessing all the way through to the end. In The Stranger, she's mastered the art of misdirection while bringing you even closer to her main characters. I love how she can write about violent crime without bringing in gory details—even her detectives are soft-hearted and affected by the death they encounter. And, contrary to so many novels I've read lately, there is something likable and personally identifiable in each of Lackberg's key players. They are flawed but basically good people doing the best they can in the situation they're in. They make you think, "What would I do if I were them? Probably something similar." This makes them easy to root for, and thus, fun to read about. I can't wait to return to Fjallbacka for the next mystery!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Albert

    This fourth novel by Camilla Lackberg is another extremely well written grown up mystery set in the cold north of Sweden. This one follows a serial killer who uses the tale of Hansel and Gretal as his backdrop for murder. I will not tell you how the killer murders or why because that will give too much away. It is better if you allow it to unravel for you as you read this tale. Lackberg writes effortlessly, the relationships between her characters build throughout the novels as the tension builds This fourth novel by Camilla Lackberg is another extremely well written grown up mystery set in the cold north of Sweden. This one follows a serial killer who uses the tale of Hansel and Gretal as his backdrop for murder. I will not tell you how the killer murders or why because that will give too much away. It is better if you allow it to unravel for you as you read this tale. Lackberg writes effortlessly, the relationships between her characters build throughout the novels as the tension builds in each and every book. Another great read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Another satisfying read from Lackberg. Two unconnected murders lead Patrik Hedstrom to discover a number of other murders from the past, and in other cities that have the same MO as one of the local murders. Patrik is also getting married! The book balances these police investigations with several story lines following the personal lives of the officers involved.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lumalcav

    Here we are, the fourth book in the Fjallbacka series and, from my point of view, the best until now. And why I say that it is the best one? Maybe because I have a problem, although I am not dangerous, I swear, I like serial killers. That gives an extra point to the book. This time, the peace in the area where our Patrick and Erika live is disturbed by, in one hand, a TV show, a reality, a kind of Big Brother and, in other hand, by a series of murders apparently without any link. Page after page, w Here we are, the fourth book in the Fjallbacka series and, from my point of view, the best until now. And why I say that it is the best one? Maybe because I have a problem, although I am not dangerous, I swear, I like serial killers. That gives an extra point to the book. This time, the peace in the area where our Patrick and Erika live is disturbed by, in one hand, a TV show, a reality, a kind of Big Brother and, in other hand, by a series of murders apparently without any link. Page after page, we are discovering more about these murders, more about the secrets hidden from them and from the nearby characters and, although we are still not able to see the connection between them we are closer. Something happens and both abnormal situations, the tv show and the serial killer, meet and everything change. We need to join to Patrick and his colleagues in this investigation, take our conclusion to finally understand what is happening and what those connections mean. New and old characters will accompany us in this new chapter in Patrick and Erica live. This time their lives are not the main plot in the history and is not as annoying than in previous books, it is very interesting indeed (gossips here!!!). This helps a lot to put this fourth book in the top of the list.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eadie

    Sweden. Tragic car crash. Woman is found dead. Reality TV show in town. Cast member dies. Cast/Crew is suspected. More bodies mount up. Chilly thriller with blood curdling horror. Hard to put down. Interesting characters. Lackberg has another winner. Looking forward to next book in series. Highly recommended to those who love mystery/thrillers.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Delmy

    Warning: Spoilers coming up and i am too lazy to put spoilers so you have been warned!!! I debated in giving this book three stars, i wanted to give it four but truth be told, i don't think it was that great. I was a bit disappointed at the beginning seeing as how long it took me to read it! I struggled in finishing because it was definitely slow. The side stories of Anna and Erika were boring as hell, maybe it because i ain't a wedding person and all that girly talk was so stereotypical and a bi Warning: Spoilers coming up and i am too lazy to put spoilers so you have been warned!!! I debated in giving this book three stars, i wanted to give it four but truth be told, i don't think it was that great. I was a bit disappointed at the beginning seeing as how long it took me to read it! I struggled in finishing because it was definitely slow. The side stories of Anna and Erika were boring as hell, maybe it because i ain't a wedding person and all that girly talk was so stereotypical and a bit insulting really, i thought Erika was a different girl, anyways! The story was solid and it began with the murder of a local woman. I thought it was interesting in bits here and there but i never felt invested in the story. Th characters were solid as always but the story itself i just wasn't into it. The small town is in a hubbub because a reality show is slated to start filming in town, then another murder happens! The murder of Barbie(yes, barbie!)though that wasn't her real name and there is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to Barbie.well, it turns out the two murders are connected.It all comes to light when a page from a children's book is found in the local woman's death and soon more pages are found at other murders in Sweden.So i think this is where my problem is with this story,that all of these characters (and i felt the fracture in the story)had nothing in common,other than they are all liars! There was no connection in between these characters or maybe i just did not get the point of spending so much time on characters that really did not need that much page time. I just wanted to run away from this book, really i did! But then something wonderful happened! it got better!towards the end the story picked up.Of course, i already knew who the killers were and so on. This here is my BIG problem, she spent too much time on side characters and not enough on the ones that mattered, the victims and the murderers. I would have been so interested to find out their background and what happened, there was just not enough of that. But in the end i was satisfied and you know what she did then? in the last page we find out that Erika's mom is hiding a big secret!! Now i cannot wait to read the next one! Still i could only give it three stars. It is a solid good read though and in the end the story wraps up neatly and you are given closure so that was great! So all in all despite the slow start and a couple of hiccups here and there i am very happy i read this story, happier still that i finished it! yay!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Spoiler alert! I've read several of Lackberg's books now, and getting more and more irritated. I won't give you a synopsis of this book as it's available above. I think she uses shortcuts to build false mystery. For the most part she writes from multiple character's point of view. For the reader, this is easy to accept. You have 100% access to that character. However, when her fake mystery building happens, she cuts the reader off, removes access to the character, and leaves the reader hanging. It Spoiler alert! I've read several of Lackberg's books now, and getting more and more irritated. I won't give you a synopsis of this book as it's available above. I think she uses shortcuts to build false mystery. For the most part she writes from multiple character's point of view. For the reader, this is easy to accept. You have 100% access to that character. However, when her fake mystery building happens, she cuts the reader off, removes access to the character, and leaves the reader hanging. It is just so contrived! A character finds an interesting news article, but it isn't until 10 chapters later that the reader finds out what the article said. Patrick, the main character/ detective finds a paper in bottom of backpack that is significant; however the reader is left hanging for pages and pages to find out about the clue! Also the italics scenes set at the beginning of chapters is a tired and cliche way to build mystery. The jaw dropping moment for me in this book: Patrick goes to the local librarian to find out about the four pages from a fairy tale. He asks her can she identify the book AND put them in order. After awhile, she shuffles them into order, "and the story makes sense" according to Peter. Oh, by the way, she tells him, there is a page missing. You can tell by the page numbers!!! A detective can't compute page numbers and order? Won't be reading Lackberg any more...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janeka

    Rating: 4,5 stars Disclaimer: e-ARC provided by Pegasus Books and Open Road Integrated Media through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Quotes may not appear in the final edition. I jumped right into the fourth book in this series, Patrik Hedstrom, so I felt a bit lost for the first 100 pages, with such a great set of characters being introduced at once. But for that moment on, I was totally griped to this story. We follow Patrik, Martin, Hanna and the rest of the police department as they Rating: 4,5 stars Disclaimer: e-ARC provided by Pegasus Books and Open Road Integrated Media through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Quotes may not appear in the final edition. I jumped right into the fourth book in this series, Patrik Hedstrom, so I felt a bit lost for the first 100 pages, with such a great set of characters being introduced at once. But for that moment on, I was totally griped to this story. We follow Patrik, Martin, Hanna and the rest of the police department as they investigate two murders. First, a car accident with weird contours, and later on, a reality show contestant who appears death during the course of the show. And then we have what I truly appreciate about this type of crime novels: when the reader has the opportunity to connect to the police investigators on a more personal level – their families, their love lifes, and so on. And Camilla Läckberg does it perfectly, jumping from one’s perspective to another, with an increasing interest. I’m looking forward to read the other books in the series!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kandice

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have read three of Lackberg's prior Hedstrom books and enjoyed them. However, this one was a huge disappointment. Within a a few chapters, I knew who the characters were, what was wrong with their relationship, and what had happened to them. While I didn't know why they committed the crimes they had until the end of the book, I still found it very hard to read the entire story. There was no mystery for me and no suspense. In addition, the situation of Hedstrom's sister-in-law didn't seem to be I have read three of Lackberg's prior Hedstrom books and enjoyed them. However, this one was a huge disappointment. Within a a few chapters, I knew who the characters were, what was wrong with their relationship, and what had happened to them. While I didn't know why they committed the crimes they had until the end of the book, I still found it very hard to read the entire story. There was no mystery for me and no suspense. In addition, the situation of Hedstrom's sister-in-law didn't seem to be handled in a realistic manner. If you've read the prior books, you know Anna suffered a horrible event recently. In this book, she is suffering from a serious depression in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy. And yet it only takes one visit from one of Hedstrom's acquaintances to bring her out of it and cure her depression seemingly within a couple of hours. I like Lackberg well enough to try her next book. But if it's not any better than this one, I may not be reading much further in the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    I enjoy Lackberg's Fjällbacka series, formerly called Patrik Hedstrom series. She creates a full picture of the lives, thoughts and feelings of the main characters in addition to the murder mysteries. While not the best mystery series I've read, with each new book I feel like I'm paying a visit to friends to catch up on how their lives have gone since the last time we met. Our visit probably includes copious amounts of coffee and cinnamon buns. :-) As in book #3, this one contains two murders wh I enjoy Lackberg's Fjällbacka series, formerly called Patrik Hedstrom series. She creates a full picture of the lives, thoughts and feelings of the main characters in addition to the murder mysteries. While not the best mystery series I've read, with each new book I feel like I'm paying a visit to friends to catch up on how their lives have gone since the last time we met. Our visit probably includes copious amounts of coffee and cinnamon buns. :-) As in book #3, this one contains two murders which keeps things interesting for Patrik, his fellow police officers and for the reader. I was disappointed that the audio of this book was not done by the previous narrator, David Thorn. While Simon Vance, the new narrator, was not terrible, he was not as good at bringing things to life as Thorn.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Read my full review: http://bit.ly/14hYY7r My opinion: In my previous reviews regarding Ms. Lackberg's works, I have referenced the "lightness" and focus on emotions of her books compared to her contemporaries in Nordic Noir. I have stated that I thought that her books were too almost Americanized than the darkness and twistedness that is seen in other Nordic Noir books. I thought she was getting away from this in her book THE STONE CUTTER. However, it was back with a vengeance in this book. As a Read my full review: http://bit.ly/14hYY7r My opinion: In my previous reviews regarding Ms. Lackberg's works, I have referenced the "lightness" and focus on emotions of her books compared to her contemporaries in Nordic Noir. I have stated that I thought that her books were too almost Americanized than the darkness and twistedness that is seen in other Nordic Noir books. I thought she was getting away from this in her book THE STONE CUTTER. However, it was back with a vengeance in this book. As a reader of heavier more twisted Nordic Noir books, I have difficulties with this, but do read her works regularly as I am frequently asked for NN recommendations.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    I'm starting to wonder if there is a connection between my fondness for 1) mysteries set in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and 2) mysteries set in Scandanavia. Lots of the same types of people in both areas, same weather, same outlook, etc. At any rate, this is my first book by Lackberg, and I found it quite enjoyable, although a little too simple to be riveting. There are a lot of characters interacting with each other in different ways and at different levels, which is something I like in my bo I'm starting to wonder if there is a connection between my fondness for 1) mysteries set in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and 2) mysteries set in Scandanavia. Lots of the same types of people in both areas, same weather, same outlook, etc. At any rate, this is my first book by Lackberg, and I found it quite enjoyable, although a little too simple to be riveting. There are a lot of characters interacting with each other in different ways and at different levels, which is something I like in my books. The translation was amateurish enough to draw my attention at times. I enjoyed this enough that I'll go back and look up Lackberg's three previous works.

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